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Patent and Trademark Attorney in Williamsburg, VA

Peter J. Van Bergen, Patent Attorney in Williamsburg, VA, has been providing clients with a variety of intellectual property services for more than 25 years to include patent and trademark searches, patentability opinions, trademark opinions, provisional and non-provisional patent applications, trademark applications, responses to office actions from the Patent and Trademark Office, infringement opinions, and copyright applications.  Clients include the federal government, universities, small business, and the independent inventor.  With the substantial changes to US patent law that took effect in March 2013, it has become increasingly important to file your patent applications before disclosing your inventions.

A personal note from Peter Van Bergen...
As a small firm, I offer personal attention that most larger firms cannot as a patent and trademark attorney in Williamsburg, VA. Having also invented, developed, and marketed my own patented invention, I understand the entire concept-to-development-to-marketing thought process required for a successful business venture.

I have been a registered patent attorney (Reg. No. 32178) and member of the Virginia State Bar for over 25 years. From my office in Williamsburg, VA, I help clients from across the country with their intellectual property issues. My client base includes both large and small entities. 

From the federal government and universities to the small business and the individual inventor/entrepreneur, I design a course of action that suits YOUR needs and budget, and will explain how to patent a product.  If you are an owner and/or innovator in your "business", I can help you protect the innovations that give you a competitive advantage. Whether you need patent applications, trademark applications, or both, I can help.

If you are a patent law firm and have overflow patent applications that need to be prepared, call me for quality work in a timely fashion. Compensation can be based on an hourly rate or fixed fee. Government agency and corporate references are available.

Since 2003, I have regularly been recognized by "Virginia Business Magazine" as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" in the field of intellectual property. Each year, attorneys achieving this honor are selected by votes cast by thousands of Virginia attorneys polled by "Virginia Business Magazine". For the last two years, I have also been named to the "Top Lawyers" list published by "Coastal Virginia Magazine" and "CoVa BIZ Magazine".

My background degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) was completed at Bucknell University in 1981. I received my law degree (JD) from The College of William and Mary in 1986. 

Industry experience includes management level manufacturing (General Electric Aerospace, General Electric Color TV, and apparel manufacturing). In addition, I invented, developed, patented, manufactured, and marketed S'WARMS Fingerless Mittens (U.S. Patent No. 5,172,427). Thousands were sold domestically and internationally via the television retailer QVC and nationally distributed golf catalogs.  As an avid triathlete, I love working with inventors seeking to improve fitness or sports experiences.

Peter J. Van Bergen, Patent Attorney, is a proud sponsor of the child aid organizations Save The Children and Unbound, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Community of Faith Mission - a winter shelter program helping the homeless in the Williamsburg area, RPEO providing school supplies to children in the Williamsburg area, North Valley Community Foundation, several local/regional animal humane societies, and the soon-to-be-released short-film "Solo Orange" highlighting the importance of caring for one another.

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Categories of Patent Applications
I have authored and successfully prosecuted patent applications in a range of technologies to include:

• Atmospheric Measurement
• Computer and Software Systems
• Business Systems and Methods
• Aeronautic and Aerospace Systems
• Electrical/Electronic Systems

• Sports and Fitness
• Laser-Based Systems
• Concrete Construction
• Building Construction

• Medical Equipment
• Industrial Systems
• Acoustic Systems
• Image Processing
• Military Systems
• Apparel
• Sonar
• Energy Systems

Basically, if you can describe your invention, I can work with you.   Check out my "Videos" page for some easy-to-understand tutorials on various aspects of intellectual property.

Contact me to schedule a consultation.